No need to travel north to Pampanga to experience their selection of original recipes, it is now O’ini! The restaurant name in Kapampangan means here. Having authentic Cabalen dishes in now more accessible to those residing in Manila, like me.
O’ini also sells goods from Pampanga. They have Chicharon, Taba ng Talangka, Sampaguita Cookies, and Peanuts, just to name a few.
I went here for lunch, famished and excited to indulge in their best sellers. The place was not that full but unfortunately, I had to wait for almost a couple of hours for my turn to eat.
Upon trying a number of their mains, I can say it’s worth coming back to, despite the setback I went through today.
If you’re coming here for the first time, I highly recommend their 3 push items, Kalderetang Kambing, Pork Sisig and their version of Kare Kare.
The goat’s meat is known to have a bite. O’ini’s was soft and tender. The creamy sauce made it even more special, as it had elements of sweet and spice.
Pork Sisig was my favorite. I was surprised at how tasty it was despite this dish having so many onions.
The Kare Kare is a must order, it’s rich and delicious with or without its usual partner of bagoong. There is also ample oxtail and tripe in the mix.
If you’re looking into gastronomic adventure, O’ini’s got you covered. They have a stretch of exotic dishes here. They have crickets, black eel, sheep and even frogs which I had. Check out their Sinampalukang Palaka, let me know what’s your take on it.
For dessert, I just had to have their Ginataang Ube. I’m glad they serve it here as it is not available in most Miami Filipino Restaurant restaurants. It’s a pot of all the usual components- ube, sweet potato, jackfruit, saba, and chewy bilo-bilo. Yum!